And as efficient as Chalmers was on the offensive end, Sun Sentinel beat writer Ira Winderman noted that he was also playing a “scrappy game of defense.”
Maybe it was Chalmers’ new duds. The Heat paid tribute to the 1971-1972 ABA Miami Floridians on Saturday, wearing neon retro jerseys. Here’s a great shot of 70s Chalmers, sporting the new/old uniform and a great afro/sideburns combo.
Nick Collison (Oklahoma City Thunder) scored four points with three rebounds in 18 minutes on Saturday as the Thunder took down the New Jersey Nets, 84-74 (full stats here).
Josh Selby (Memphis Grizzlies) played 10 minutes in the second and fourth quarters on Saturday as the Grizzlies ran the Sacramento Kings out the the building, 128-95. Selby missed all three of his shot attempts but had a rebound, two assists and no turnovers in his time on the court (full stats here).
Cole Aldrich (Oklahoma City Thunder) did not play (coach’s decision) on Saturday against the New Jersey Nets.
Sasha Kaun (Russia PBL - CSKA Moscow) lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 18 points and five rebounds on Saturday as his team blew out its competition, 110-60. Kaun played just 20 minutes and missed just one of his eight shots. He was also nearly perfect from the free-throw line, hitting 4 of 5 (full stats here). Kaun and CSKA Moscow will play next in the Euroleague Top 16 tournament on Wednesday.
Darnell Jackson (Ukraine-Superleague - BC Donetsk - Ukraine) scored 10 points in a 73-66 regular season loss on Saturday. Jackson had four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 18 minutes. Six of his 10 points came from the foul line, but he missed four other free throws down the stretch (full stats here). Jackson and BC Donetsk will play their second Eurocup Last 16 tournament game on Tuesday.
Mario Little (Ukraine-Superleague - SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk) hit 3 of 5 three-pointers on Saturday and finished with 13 points in a two-point loss. Little added five rebounds and a steal in 27 minutes (full stats here). Little will play next on Jan. 28.
Brady Morningstar (NBA D-League - Tulsa 66ers) scored 23 points on Saturday in yet another ultra-efficient game for the 66ers. Morningstar made 8 of 13 shots (3 of 5 threes, 4 of 6 free throws) and had six rebounds, two steals, five assists and just one turnover in 42 minutes (full stats here). It was his fourth straight game with at least 16 points. In that same stretch, Morningstar has shot 60 percent from the field (28 of 46) and an absolutely gaudy 81 percent (13 of 16) from three-point range.
Kirk Hinrich (Atlanta Hawks) told the Associated Press that he hopes to return to the court very soon — possibly as early as this week, when the Hawks will play the first three games of a five-game road trip. Hinrich has been recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
noon, NBA TV, Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics vs. the Washington Wizards
5 p.m., Drew Gooden and the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Mario Chalmers and the Miami Heat